Thursday, December 1, 2011

'square grave in the woods'

No. 12 (Black on Dark Sienna on Purple), Mark Rothko, 1960

”it was a childhood memory of his family and relatives talking about a Czarist pogrom. The Cossacks took the Jews from the village to the woods and made them dig a large grave. Rothko said he pictured that square grave in the woods so vividly that he wasn't sure the massacre hadn't happened in his lifetime. He said he’d always been haunted by the image of that grave, and that in some profound way it was locked into his painting.” Al Jensen, a close friend to Mark Rothko, cited by James E. B. Breslin in Mark Rothko: A Biography.

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